For all the very violent movies I've seen, it's an off-camera moment in a G-rated musical that has stuck with me the most - when Nancy is beaten to death in Oliver! I've also been thinking about the cheese grater moment in Tenet.
It prompts me to ask, what moment of cinema violence has stuck with you the most.
I know a lot of people have been interested in what exactly Sting will be doing in AEW, especially given that he's been added to their active roster and seemingly will be wrestling matches, and he gives some insight into that in this week's AEW Unrestricted Podcast.
When asked about what he wants to get and give from joining AEW:
>I didn't want to disappear with my tail between my legs. Here recently, I didn't want to just end the way it ended. I was pushing to get a cinema-style match with Taker, and for probably a litany of different reasons it just wasn't going to happen.
>So when Tony [Khan] called and spoke with me he said, 'Are you interested in doing cinema-style matches?' I said, 'Yeah, I am. I am.'
>I'd thought I'd like to come back and do that and not disappear again with the tail in between my legs. I'd love to be able to go out - I don't have to go out on top - I'm just saying to go out in a positive light.
>And then as far as giving, I would like to mentor some of these guys. And be of any kind of help that I possibly can. Even though [wrestling has] changed, I still get it.
Overall, it was a great podcast and I'd definitely recommend giving it a listen if you can.
My name is Shaun. I've been a cinema usher for three years now. My cinema has rules that you should never, ever break, not if you want to live.
If you're confused, you should probably start at the beginning.
Walking to work yesterday was the hardest thing I've ever done. Anticipation and fear mixed within me in equal measure. David's recommendation to rest and sleep had proven to be impossible to obey, and I had spent the whole night dreading what would come in the morning.
When I came to work, I found the cinema empty. A sign at the entrance announced: "Closed temporarily due to equipment malfunction."
David was already there. He sat in his unlit office, staring at the wall in silence. I walked in, and stood at the door. I didn't have the courage to interrupt his thought.
Eventually, he looked up.
"Shaun." he said, his voice hollow. "I'm sorry, my mind was somewhere else." He got up and walked over to me.
"You said we were going to break rules today." I said.
"Yes. Rules #10 and #11."
Rule #10: If you find a book bound in black leather on the premises, do not open it.
Rule #10. The Black Book, as we liked to call it. You'd see it at pretty much every shift, and overcoming the need to open it was one of the first thing you learned to do on this job. No one knew what was inside it's yellowed, ancient pages.
It moved and shifted mysteriously. You'd see it in the corner of the garbage room, propped up invitingly in the corner. You'd walk over to a room or to the office, only to see it first on the ground in the lobby, and then in the office itself, lying on David's table as if it had always been there.
We'd never seen even David open it.
It seemed I was going to see so now.
It took us an unusually long time to find the book. Searching first the office and the lobby and the rooms, we then returned in defeat, only to find it sitting on one of David's filing cabinets.
He snorted derisively, and went to pick it up.
It's ancient - looking pages, yellowed by time, crackled as he opened it cautiously. From where I was standing, I couldn't see the words within, and moved to look at them over his shoulder.
David slammed the covers closed.
"Not yet, Shaun. Soon."
My temper flared. "David, I don't know anything about what's going on. I don't know what we're here to do today, or wh... keep reading on reddit ➡
First off, I will say that I really enjoyed the film overall. Pedro Pascal as Maxwell Lord is the best villain the DCEU has had (not that that's saying much).
However, there's one aspect of the film that, the more I think about it, the more I'm uncomfortable with. Spoilers from here onwards but I'm gonna try my best to only talk about the plot as it relates to this issue.
And that issue is sexual assault and potential rape.
So as we've seen in the trailers, Steve Trevor is brought back from the dead by a wish Diana makes. But the problem starts the manner in which he's brought back. Basically, his soul now occupies the body of some random guy. Physically, it's still this random guy but Diana sees him as Steve.
After reuniting, there's of course lots of intimacy and they wake up the next morning having slept together.
Fast forward to the end of the movie, Steve's gone and the guy is back in his own body, having no recollection of what had happened as he does not recognise Diana.
So since it was still physically this random guy, Diana slept with him without his knowledge or consent. The film doesn't address this at all, by the way. Instead focusing on the quandary of Diana and so many other people making these wishes in the first place. Like she has a friendly chat with him at the end and it's played off as heartwarming but I just felt uncomfortable the entire time.
Like if they brought Steve back, gave him his own original body, this issue wouldn't really exist. But it does and it's extremely disconcerting. Maybe I'm overreacting but as a victim of sexual assault and rape myself, I feel compelled to point out this glaring issue. What does it say when Wonder Woman, the spirit of truth, just sexually assaults some stranger's body with no issues?
It's kind of like that bit in the beginning of the Omikron LP where the crew point out the fucked up implications of sleeping with the first dude's wife. Sort of.
I dunno. Like I said, I enjoyed the movie overall but the more I reflect on it, the more this plot point grosses me out and sours both the film and our hero.
EDIT: Just wanted to quickly add that upon thinking about the rest of the movie, it's not good. Aside from the aforementioned issue, there's a lot of problems. I think I only enjoyed it because it was my first time in the cinema for months.
People are constantly talking, whispering, chewing loudly. Some idiots checking their phone. When there's a funny scene, you can only laugh for as long as it doesn't bother anybody else. Crying? Lol. I'm a man. I don't cry watching a movie.
Sorry my english too! lol
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I teach cinema in college. I generally love and appreciate my students but please allow me a small rant. Each semester I have a few students who see every movie I show them as having a positive and uplifting message. No matter how dark, bloody or pessimistic the film may be they think it has a cliché Disney moral. One student wrote, “With the film Apocalypse Now, the theme that stood out to me more than anything was to enjoy the little things. What I mean by that is, don’t take things for granted; and if doing something or having something makes you happy no matter how small it is, cherish it.” I know what you’re thinking and yes, he was watching the right movie, I checked. Sometimes they watch Apocalypto by mistake. I suppose that would be seen as a rom-com about a guy finally getting the girl in the end.
Here’s another, “Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven is about friendship and Loyalty. Munny is dedicated to find justice for his partner Ned.” I’m not sure I would call Munny’s murdering the sheriff and all his men, justice, but that was my student’s take away. A different semester a student summarized Unforgiven this way “In the end, the movie was about how a man overcomes guilt and learns a lesson of responsibility.”
Last semester I showed my class Parasite and got three papers saying the film was about the importance of family, eg. “Kim Ki-Taek is a caring and compassionate father who wants to fight for his family. The movie shows how unity can make it easier for a family to confront their problems.” And “Bong Joon-ho did a great job displaying the point that no matter where you come from, if you work hard for what you want and/or work together to make something happen, it is possible to succeed.” Here is an excerpt from a paper on Pan’s Labyrinth “The major theme in the film of Pan’s Labyrinth is the theme of motherhood…The other theme is the theme of kindness which in the film is portrayed by Maribel Verdu, who is loving, kind-hearted, caring…” O.K. but what about the fascist captain smashing a man’s face in with a wine bottle? In a paper comparing The Piano and Like Water For Chocolate a student wrote... keep reading on reddit ➡
I spent quite a lot of my time at uni focusing on ancient conflicts. Naturally, the sources we rely upon to glean truth about these wars present a huge spectrum of biases and agenda and mistruths. But of course, trying to arrive as near the mark as possible by cross-examining these sources is a great part of the fun.
Something that has always gotten on my nerves a little is the commonplace, or rather, standard portrayal of ancient battles as chaotic bloodbaths where every combatant flings themselves in for 'death and glory....'
I understand that drama and violence and romance fills theaters but I wish more film makers would strive to reflect a closer version of the truth (or the truth as we are best able to reproduce it).
From what I have read, most of these conflicts and battles were very much more cautious affairs. People seem to forget simple characteristics of human nature; self-preservation, fear, doubt, paranoia, pride - and the rest.
Even Kings and Generals (unless the situation was desperate in the extreme, e.g surrounded and fighting to the death) would have had little appetite for carelessly flinging their precious forces - men who supported and consolidated their very power as leaders - into a meat grinder.
Of course all conflicts and battles are different, but most of the evidence suggests that any wholesale slaughters that occurred on battlefields happened when one side routed, their aggressors taking advantage of being able to kill a fleeing foe: a much less daunting prospect than facing a cohesive fighting unit toe-to-toe.
Sorry for the long post. Can anyone think of a cinematic example which depicts a more accurate portrayal of a medieval or ancient battle?
Thanks for reading if you got this far 😄😄😄
My name is Shaun. I've been a cinema usher for three years now. My cinema has rules that you should never, ever break, even if you think they're insane.
If you're confused, you should probably start at the beginning.
One of the rarest rules we have is Rule #7. I've only ever experienced it once, about six months ago, and I sincerely hope I will never have to deal with it ever again.
Rule #7: If you notice shadows being out of sync with your surroundings, return to the last room you were in as quickly as possible, alone. Close the door, then return to the lobby. Until you do so, do not touch your shadow under any circumstance.
The biggest danger you can face in this job is becoming too used to the weirdness. That's the mistake I made with Rule #7. I dropped my guard, I stopped paying attention.
I had walked to the other side of the lobby from Room 6 before I realized that I had no shadow.
Cold sweat covered my brow. I looked back the way I'd came. My shadow, completely disconnected from me, lay on the floor by the door to Room 6. And another usher, a man by the name of Liam, stood between me and it.
He was looking straight in my eyes, a narrow grin on his face.
I had to think quick. Whatever was going on, I had to get back to Room 6, but with Liam in my way, I had no route to get there. Not without confronting him.
"Shaun? Is everything alright?" David called from the door to his office. He sounded concerned, worried, even.
Could I answer him? Would that just make things worse?
I ignored the question, and started heading back to Room 6. The more I looked around me, the more clear it became how strange my surroundings were. Every shadow was thrown in a different direction, as if each item was illuminated by a different light source.
I was nearing Liam now. I slowed down, walking in a manner I hoped would appear nonchalant. If I could just get past him and to the door...
"David asked you a question, Shaun." Liam said. The thin smile was still plastered over his face. He stepped in front of me, barring my way.
"I heard him, Liam. I just forgot something in Room 6, is all."
"And what was that, Shaun? What did you forget?"
He knew. I could see it in his eyes. Liam - the thing masquerading as Liam - knew what I was trying to do. It knew I wasn't fooled by it's act.
I heard the offic... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi! As a big fan of extreme and disturbing cinema. I always wanted to make a list of films that I would give to someone who wants to dip their toes into disturbing movies but isn’t sure of where to start. While the genres in my list are all diverse, it’s mostly horror. I put them in order from most to least disturbing (in my opinion) and listed some trigger warnings for those who are sensitive to rape scenes/animal abuse/suicide/heavy drug usage (as a recovering addict I like to have trigger warnings for this shrug
If you can think of anything I should add, please let me know! I spent a lot of time looking up films and researching the content found in them, so if you check it out I would really appreciate it!